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Watch: Major toss goof up! Did it cost Sri Lanka a T20 match vs Virat Kohli’s India?

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Sep 7, 2017, 2:21 pm IST
Updated Sep 7, 2017, 2:21 pm IST
Was it a head? Was it a tail? Confusion reigns supreme even after India's tour of Sri Lanka got over.
A rather baffling mix-up in the toss could well have resulted in Sri Lanka losing the one-off T20I at the Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday. (Photo: Screengrab)
 A rather baffling mix-up in the toss could well have resulted in Sri Lanka losing the one-off T20I at the Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday. (Photo: Screengrab)

Colombo: There was hardly any doubt about who were the winners of India’s tour of Sri Lanka, which concluded with a one-off T20 International at the Premadasa Stadium, in Colombo, on Wednesday.

India won all the nine matches on the tour, leaving the home side high and dry, as they get set for their upcoming home ODI series against Australia, later this month.

 

While India won almost every little battle within the war, there is some doubt regarding whether they actually won the toss in the T20I on Wednesday.

India skipper Virat Kohli had called “heads”, while his Sri Lanka counterpart flipped the coin.

Match referee Andrew Pycroft’s call, after the coin hit the pitch, however, baffled one and all, as he bellowed, “Tails – India!”

Former cricketer and TV presenter Murali Karthik may not have taken much heed of this mix-up, walking over straight to the India captain, Pycroft was seen making a perplexed gesture, right after he made the blunder.

 

Match referee Andrew Pycroft seemed to be a bit perplexed after the toss blunder. (Photo: Screengrab)Match referee Andrew Pycroft seemed to be a bit perplexed after the toss blunder. (Photo: Screengrab)

However, the former Zimbabwe cricketer did not interrupt a process that had already been set underway, as Kohli went on to put Sri Lanka in to bat.

“Looks like a pretty good track. We’re going to have a bowl first though. We just want to chase the target down,” said Kohli. “There’s a bit of rain around as well, starting to come in now. So (if it is) a shortened game, always an advantage to bat second, I guess.”

 

For most of the five-match ODI series, India had come in with the intention to bowl first, while Sri Lanka preferred to do things the other way round, making the toss pretty much redundant. That was, however, not the case this time.

“No, I would have (liked to) bowl first here,” said Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga. “Bit damp, I would say. But that’s all right. It looks like a very good wicket.”

Although India have dominated almost everything on this tour, Sri Lanka did produce some moments of magic during the T20I, which could have gone the other way, had the toss blunder not happened.

 

Instead, India ended up winning all the matches – three Tests, five ODIs and one T20I – on the tour, a feat that has never been achieved on a tour by an away side.

“We didn’t have any targets when we came here. We’ve just played good cricket, and we’ve ended up winning all the games that we have played,” said Kohli.

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